Showing posts with label Marketing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marketing. Show all posts

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

How NOT to Approach a Publisher

“Angry Female Showing Middle Finger” by stockimages
Today, out of the blue, I received an email from someone I don't know.

It was from a person who wanted me to publish their manuscript. The following is what their email said:

Dear Publisher


I am writing to you about a manuscript I have finished about my mothers time in a Nursing Home..They destroyed my mother and many others. It was one of the hardest I have ever had to witness. I needed to put it into a manuscript for other's in my position to read and learn by 

my mistakes.( It is a true story),. 


It has been some time since I wrote this manuscript. Now I want to try and get my story out there after what I have just learnt of the treatment to my brother.

My sister in-Law has just put my brother into a brand new Nursing Home paying huge amounts of money. One week and my brother is having the same terrible treatment my mother received, so so bad.


  If I can't get this published then I will do it myself, but hoping you might  just  be interested.

I spent 2 years visiting my aged mother in a Nursing Home, three weeks at a time, from morning until 11am to 8pm.

Staying all day in a Nursing Home is a real eye opener, it is just horrific. Something that wont leave my mind.

 The treatment my mother received was appalling, also what I witnessed happening to another residents was just so bad. I reported it all to the  of the Dept. Health and Aging .They had a board meeting and agreed that I had a case to do a accreditation.

I have had an editor working with me on the manuscript. She also thinks there is need for it to be published.

 I also had a 19 page report on my manuscript checked by Dr. Joseph M Fernandez ( the reviewer) from Curtin University Western Australia.

Would you be interested in taking a look at the manuscript? . My manuscript is called  N***** H*** D******* (name of manuscript removed for privacy)  If you are interested I would like to send a copy of my manuscript

If I had read this story I would have known exactly what type of Nursing Home would suit for my mother.


Now, there were four things wrong with this attempt at a manuscript submission.

Firstly it was not addressed to me personally but to "Dear Publisher." So this was an obvious clue that this same email was probably being sent to several different publishers.

Secondly, it was abundantly clear that their manuscript was going to be nothing more than a rant about the aged care home the sender put their mother in. Also the grammar and typos were numerous, so I naturally thought that if they're this bad at writing an email I don't hold out much hope for their manuscript.

Side Note:  I had a fit of laughter over their use of the word "accreditation" which means that something is of a high or acceptable standard while the emailer was actually trying to say that they were complaining of poor standards. "I reported it all to the  of the Dept. Health and Aging .They had a board meeting and agreed that I had a case to do a accreditation."

Thirdly, they didn't attach any part of the manuscript. It's standard practice to at least send the first three chapters, but this person was offering nothing upfront but wanted a response before sending the whole manuscript. This was a strange way to submit a manuscript to a prospective publisher.

Fourthly, and most importantly, I don't accept unsolicited manuscripts anyway. All the sender had to do was visit my submissions page (to which there is a link on EVERY SINGLE PAGE of my website) which clearly states

"DO NOT, under any circumstances, submit a manuscript to Cheriton House Publishing Pty Ltd."

And also:

"Any manuscripts received by mail will not be read and will not be returned."

AND:

"Also please note: we have not, and never will, accept manuscript submissions by email. So please do not email a submission query or email your manuscript."

Now you would have thought that offering this much straight forward information would stop anyone with a modicum of intelligence emailing me an unsolicited manuscript (or the offer of one).

My submission page also states:

"Below is some information which you may find useful in helping you to successfully submit your manuscript to another publishing company:" and I go on for several paragraphs with helpful information about how to submit a manuscript correctly.

So in response to the email, even though I usually just delete them, I responded with a short sentence:

"Please read submission requirements at http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/submissions.html."

I thought this would help them because the page contains the information about how to correctly submit a book manuscript.

But obviously anything short of a request to read and publish their manuscript wasn't acceptable because in just a few minutes I received the following curt response:

"Thank you for your reply. I would never want to do business with you as your requirements read quite   rude.

I did have a editor d my manuscript.  I will make sure I wont ever buy one of  your novels as you are very cold."

Again, look at how badly written even this short email is with "a editor" and "d my manuscript" and "wont."

I also have no idea what difference having an editor makes when I don't want to publish the manuscript, or even look at it.

And threatening me by saying that they've never bought one of my books before and now they never will? It's not much of a threat is it?

Clearly this person has anger issues if they have a knee-jerk reaction to something so mundane as someone not wanting to publish their manuscript. Authors get rejections more then they get acceptances. It simply goes with the job. There's a well known saying that to be a writer you need to have a thick skin.

What this all comes down to is that this was a really REALLY bad way to try submit a book manuscript to a publisher.

The correct way is to research the publishing company first to see what types of books they publish and look at their website to see if they are currently looking for unsolicited manuscripts and what genres they want.

Most publishing companies will also have strict guidelines to follow for submissions. These guidelines are usually also a test to see if a prospective author can follow simple instructions. Because if you can't then they probably won't want to work with you anyway.

So if you're thinking of submitting a manuscript to a publisher (or to an agent) make sure you do your research first so that you don't waste their time or yours.

And also make sure your covering letter (if submitting by mail) or your email reads coherently and doesn't contain typos.

The one I received was full of red flags right from the start so even if I was looking for manuscript submissions I would have deleted this one immediately.




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Friday, 23 December 2016

New Website Layout Increased Sales

Homepage of RuthIsWriting.comTwo weeks ago I decided to redesign my website homepage over at RuthIsWriting.com.

For quite some time the homepage has contained links to a few useful items from other websites, like gifts for writers (mugs, hats, T-shirts, etc) and a writing magazine subscription.

And I decided that it was time to use my homepage for my own books and ebooks.

What prompted this is because I recently set up three of my ebooks as print books too.

So I changed all the links to my books over at Cheriton House Publishing so that they included links to the newly available print editions, and I also decided to put links to them on the home page of my writing website too.

So I moved all the homepage links and ads for other products to inner webpages and listed some of my own books on the homepage instead.

Did it make a difference?

Absolutely. And it was much better than I thought it would be.

First of all I received quite a few new signups for my emails AND I sold more books and ebooks than usual.

How many more? It's hard to say in exact numbers or percentages (without doing a lot of counting and math) but I have definitely sold more books in this past fortnight than usual.

This could be partly because it's getting near Christmas (it's currently Christmas Eve, Eve) but I'm sure it has something more to do with my new webpage design and placing more book links on my own homepage.

Which just goes to show that marketing does work, even some that I didn't even tell anyone about. I just put up the new ads and left them to do their own thing.

So if you have somewhere that you want to put more links to your books, but you haven't done it yet, maybe now would be a good time, because it may increase your books sales more than you think it will.

And below is a link to one of my books that can help you start your New Year off with a much bigger online writing income.

(Gotta get my sales pitches in wherever I can) :)

Living The Laptop Lifestyle: How to Start & Grow a Profitable Online Business So You Can Quit Your Job



Cover Image - Living The Laptop Lifestyle


Click Here to learn more.




Friday, 22 July 2016

A Fast Way to Market Your Ebook

Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.netBeing an ebook writer is a great way to earn income from writing.

For me, writing ebooks also provides me with the kind of writing I want to do.

I much prefer to sit and write one ebook after another than to do short freelance projects that I have to send to editors in the hope that they'll publish it.

Don't get me wrong though, freelance writing, if done correctly, can provide a lucrative income.

But I prefer to sit and do longer projects, like ebooks , and enjoy the passive income they bring that can go on for years.

But ebooks need to be marketed in order to get them in front of as many people as possible.

Online marketing is a huge topic because there are so many ways to do it.

I find that the fastest way to do it is through article marketing.

This is one of the marketing methods that I've used for years and even though it's not as effective as it used to be before the Google Slap, it still works. And because I'm a writer, writing articles is easy to do.

What I do is, once my ebook is written, I write 3 to 5 short directory articles that relate to the subject of my ebook.

Then I publish them on EzineArticles.com one at a time, every 2 or 3 days.

And there are 3 things I do to make sure that my articles get read and re-published.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

How to Increase Book Sales More Than You Ever Have Before

“Beautiful Young Woman Reading A Book In The Bed” by nenetus
Writing a book is a lot easier than selling it.

And it's disappointing when you write a book but no one wants to buy it, or if your sales are abysmally small.

So what can you do about it if you've written a great book but you just can't get anyone to buy a copy?

Well all is not lost and there is something you can do that is almost guaranteed to help you get more book sales.

It's a well known and well researched fact that you can instantly increase the amount of books you sell if you use the "psychology of persuasion."

What is the psychology of persuasion?

It's as simple as it sounds. It's getting into the psychology of your prospective readers and persuading them to buy your book.

What you need is a reason that they should buy your book.

So what is it that they'll gain by reading your book?

Will they learn something?

Will they be able to do something they haven't be able to do before?

Will it stop pain or suffering?

Will it affect them emotionally making them happy, sad, scared or thrilled?

What exactly is it that your readers will get if they buy your book?

In other words, what's in it for them?

It might even be a temporary discount so that they can save money for a limited time.

You see when someone buys a product, they're not buying the product, but they're buying the benefit of having the product.

So if you've written a non-fiction book, don't just tell your readers what they'll learn, tell them what they'll be able to do.

And if it's a fiction book, tell them how it will make them feel or how much they'll enjoy curling up in a comfy chair with your book and a hot cup of chocolate, or if it's a horror story, how not to read it alone at night.

Just make sure you "lay it on thick" and then get your message out to your audience through social media, email, blog posts and any other way you can. Do audio or video interviews or guest blog posts or other ways to reach a whole new audience.

And if you do it right, your book sales will increase more than they ever have before.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

This Type of Writing Will Significantly Increase Sales

Working as a writer means you need to earn a consistent income from your writing which means doing  marketing, because people won't buy your books or visit your websites if they don't know they're there.

So no matter what kind of writer  you are - novelist, blogger, freelancer, online writer, etc, - you also must be a copywriter.

Copywriting is described as salesmanship in print.

And it's imperative that you know how to do it if you want to make more sales.

Copywriting is all about persuasion. It's persuading people to buy your book even if they didn't know they wanted it.

Learning copywriting can also help you in all your writing.

Imagine how great it would be if you could use persuasion in all your writing. Even in writing fiction you'd know how to keep your readers glued to your story, eager to read more.

Just try it and see the difference it can make.


Friday, 5 June 2015

Are You Doing Social Media Backwards?

I see it all the time. People with links on their blogs, websites and emails with the words "Follow Me on Twitter" or "Like Me On Facebook."

But is that the correct way to use social media?

Are you supposed to use it to drive people to your social media pages?

Until recently I used to be the same.

I had links to my social media accounts on all my websites and emails.

Now they're gone.

Why?

Because you should be driving people TO your website FROM your social media pages, not the other way around.

I was listening to a podcast recently and the person being interviewed said sending your website visitors over to your social media pages is like having customers in your store and sending them to someone else's cash register.

It was a light bulb moment for me.

So now my website don't have links to my social media accounts, but my social media accounts have links to my websites.

I've finally stopped using social media backwards.

And it's working.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Know Thy Market

image courtesy of FreeDigialPhotos.net  Stuart Miles
If you want to sell more books and make more money from your writing, then you need to know your market.

  • Who are you writing for?

  • What are you giving them?

  • How will it help them?

Do you even know who you’re readers are?

Having a hungry market is more important than the work that you produce.

If you’re writing a book that no one wants to read, then you’ll never sell any copies, not matter what.

But if you write a book that you already know people want to read, then you’ll have a hungry market.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Does Article Marketing Still Work?

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Article marketing used to be a great way to market any website or book.

But then, a few years ago, along came Google Panda and Penguin which wiped the article directories off the SERPs (Search Engine Results Page).

Before the changes it was easy to write an article for directories such as EzineArticles.com and soon your article would be republished and indexed all over the internet.

After the changes it's hard to find your directory articles in the search results even if you search the exact heading through Google.

So everyone said that article marketing is dead.

But is it?